The Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) is the classic British native hedging plant also known as Quickthorn or Mayflower. The densely packed white scented flowers of the Hawthorn appear in early spring and turn to small black berries in the autumn.
Hawthorn - Crataegus, meaning strength from the Greek word Kratos, and akis meaning sharp, is a small, deciduous fast growing unfussy plant and will grow in all soil types. Hawthorn has edible flowers, fruits and leaves when young, which when developed knits into a dense, wiry hedge that is thorny enough to be an effective barrier without being difficult to trim. Hawthorn is a great plant that is of huge benefit to wildlife, supporting diverse wildlife, insects, birds, voles and mice.
In Spring is produces swathes of frothy white scented flowers, which develop into clusters of red haws or berries in winter. It is a great intruder deterrent, and also a useful windbreak, whilst providing shelter for wildlife.
Hawthorn is a valuable addition to a native farm hedgerow. Mixed native farm hedges are excellent for attracting birds and other wildlife. Hawthorn is usually mechanically trimmed, but Hawthorn and other Native hedging can be laid. Allow the Hawthorn to grow for several years, partially cut and bend to the ground where they will re shoot and thicken up. Hawthorn is tough and can withstand extreme cold.
Plant at a rate of five plants per metre and Hawthorn will create a dense prickly hedge. It is ideal for hedges 1m - 5m high, and grows quickly at a rate of 40cm - 60 cm per year.
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